[News] TV5 lays off around 100 employees

Around 100 regular employees of TV5 are being laid off, sources tell Buhay Media.

Information obtained by the TV5 Employees Union from the network’s Human Resources department indicate 34 assistant cameramen, 8 cameramen and 3 reporters from the News and Information division were fired on Friday (February 24). A total of 98 regular employees of the Kapatid Network were dismissed, including those from the Engineering department.

Sources also told us the employees were not given due notice. Some were called by the HR department, given checks depending on their length of service, and were escorted outside of the premises. Others only learned they were fired when security stopped them from entering the building. Some of them were told the company was losing money and it had to retrench employees.

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One story posted online about the recent lay-off from TV5.

Media Newser Philippines obtained a memo from TV5 President and CEO Chot Reyes saying that “despite operating at a financial loss for the past years, the company has exerted all efforts to minimize the effects of the organizational restructuring on our people… As a result of an extensive study, it has become evident that some jobs and skills will no longer be required by the company, while some other positions are deemed overmanned.”

A second wave of lay-offs is expected next week. One source says the next terminations might include those in the supervisory and managerial positions, but it is yet to be confirmed on Monday (February 27).

(UPDATE) Here is the official statement released by the TV5 Employees Union:

Noong nakaraang biyernes, Pebrero 24, 2017 ipinatawag ng management ang pamunuan ng ating unyon, sinabi nilang kailangan daw magtanggal ng higit sa 100 mangagagawa (98 mula sa rank and file at ang iba mula sa supervisor at managers). Pagdadahilan nila na nalulugi daw ang kompanyang TV5. Lingid sa ating kaalaman habang nagaganap ang usapan, ay kinausap at binigyan ng memo ang mga manggagawang target nilang tangalin. Sa araw ding iyon ibinigay ng management sa atin ang listahan ng mga manggagawang tinanggal at tatanggalin na umabot sa 98 na miyembro ng ating unyon.

Napag-alaman natin na ang dahilan na nakasaad sa memo ay hindi daw sila qualified sa kasalukuyan nilang posisyon ayon sa kanilang evaluation,taliwas ito sa pahayag nila sa naganap na meeting na “kailangan daw nila itong gawin para magsurvive pa ang kumpanya sa pagkalugi” Ang masakit pa marami sa atin ang mahigit pa sampung taon sa kasalukuyang posisyon at saka nila sasabihin na hindi tayo qualified? Hindi magkatugma ang kanyang pahayag sa pamunuan ng unyon at maging sa mga kasapi ng unyon na kanyang nais tanggalin.

Mga kasama, malinaw ang mensahe ng pakanang ito ng kumpanyang TV5, Pangunahin niyang layunin ay huwag mabawasan ang kanyang TUBO at higit pa itong palakihin sa anyo ng pagtatanggal ng regular na manggagawa at pagpapatupad ng kontraktwalisasyon. Magagawa lamang niya ito kung pahinain niya ang ating unyon na tanging sandigan ng manggagawang inaapi at sukdulan pang buwagin ito.

Tahasang din ang ginawang paglabag ng kumpanyang TV5 sa ating mga karapatan na isinasaad ng batas (ayon sa Labor Code kailangan ng 30 days notice mula sa management kung may balak na retrenchment o pagsasara ng kumpanya at kaakibat dito ang kanilang dahilan).

Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, ang TV5 ay under sa MPIC ( Metro Pacific Investment Corp) ni MVP. Ibig sabihin maari niya itong isalba o tulungan gamit ang ibang kumpanya na pag-aari niya na may limpak limpak na TUBO hanggang sa ganap na pagbangon nito. Sa katunayan, nakasulat sa financial statement ng TV5 na galing sa SEC ( security and Exchange Commission) na ang perang ipinambili ni MVP sa TV5 ay nagmula sa retirement fund ng PLDT. Kapag para sa kanyang pakinabang kaya niyang gumawa ng paraan pero bakit ang pagsalba sa manggagawa hindi nya magawa? Hindi parehas ang laban.

Bilang mga manggagawa ng media, meron tayong mga responsibilidad. Responsibilidad natin ang maghatid ng serbisyo at tamang impormasyon sa mamamayan, responsibilidad din ang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng atin pamilya at responsibilidad tulungan ang kapwa manggagawa.

Sa ganitong hirap ng kalagayan, marapat lamang na tayo’y magkaisa at manindigan sa abot ng ating makakaya upang labanan ang atake sa ating sahod, trabaho at karapatan.

Biguin natin ang pakana ng kumpanyang TV5 na durugin ang ating unyon at yurakan ang ating mga lehitimong karapatan.

Bilang mga manggagawang nagmamahal sa ating trabaho, pamilya at kapwa mangagagawa, tungkulin natin na ipagtanggol ang ating hanay. Sama sama nating haharapin ang atakeng ito hanggang sa mapagtagumpayan.

MANGGAGAWA SA TV5 MAGKAISA!
MANGGAGAWANG TINANGGAL IBALIK!
SAHOD, TRABAHO AT KARAPATAN IPAGLABAN!
IBALIK ANG FALLEN 98!!!

WATCH: [Video] Axed: The story behind TV5’s mass illegal dismissals

The Talents Association of GMA Network (TAG) condemns this move from the TV5 management, as it violates the basic worker’s rights of these regular employees. Article 283 of the Philippine Labor Code says that employers should serve a written notice to employees and the Department of Labor and Employment at least one month before termination, provided that the cause of termination is allowed by law.

We support any legal moves that will be undertaken by the dismissed employees.

#LabanMedia #BuhayMedia #WorkersRights

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(Video from a March 2016 protest of TV5 Employees Union members)

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11 thoughts on “[News] TV5 lays off around 100 employees

  1. Because your VPs are living luxuriously with addresses at posh subdivisions such as Ayala Heights, travelling first class and staying in the chicest and most expensive hotels, wining and dining in the poshest places in work related travels. Let the lowly workers suffer so that the high and mighty may loftily continue with their lifestyle.

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  2. Axe TV5 International marketing executives instead. Poor decisions consisting purely of glamour, glitz and pomposity. There’s no value added there just unexplained expenditures with no tangible return, adding to the burden of TV5 already dwindling resources

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  3. Inubos ng TV5 International pera ng TV5. No 2 daw sa Middle East kasi temporarily na nagka aberya service ng GMA kaya No. 2 daw sila. Patawa lang. Hoy, maawa naman kayo sa mga maliliit na manggagawa. Bawasan puros kasosyalan. Mga shows na inoorganize nyo nilalangaw. Pwe!

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